Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Dan Halsey believes his side’s National League loss to Coventry Storm on Sunday was a ‘reality check’.
The Tigers are fancied to do well this season, but lost their opening home fixture in the National League when going down to Coventry Storm.
With Joe Jacobs absent and new British Under-21 champion Josh Bates enduring an off-day, the Tigers slipped to a 48-42 loss.
“Sunday was a reality check,” said Halsey, who impressed with 14 points. “A few riders had off-days and Coventry are a strong team.
“It just shows we need to be stronger when people like Josh aren’t on their game.
“You can’t knock Josh because he’s been on fire, but without Joe as well it was always going to be a struggle.”
Mildenhall will have to wait until May 4 until they can try and put things right and Halsey hopes the younger members of his sides — particularly those without Elite League or Premier League duties — will be able to find some track time.
“The young ones need to be riding more,” he said. “I’ll make sure they try and get some track time in second-half meetings over the next couple of weeks.”
Reserve Connor Coles impressed with 9+4 points on Sunday, but guest Ben Morley (7), Jack Kingston (5+1), Josh Bates (4) and Connor Mountain (3) struggled to make much of an impression.